James Sclater's style in three song cycles: "Four Songs on Texts of Emily Dickinson", "Kinderscenen", and "ERA-tic Behavior"

Nellie Juanita Cook Adams

Abstract

This document examines James Sclater's three song cycles written for solo voice and solo wind instrument: Four Songs on Texts of Emily Dickinson , for high voice and B-flat clarinet; Kinderscenen , for medium voice and flute; and ERA-tic Behavior , for mezzo-soprano and E-flat saxophone or B-flat clarinet. The examination is based on the singer's perspective of the musical style as expressed through the music and textual synthesis, performance practices, and the art of ensemble. Information regarding Sclater's life, his professional career, and his compositions is also included.